Following the Christchurch 2011 earthquake, the Basilicata University (Potenza, Italy) organized a field trip to New Zealand mainly to examine structural engineering issues but also to investigate the similarity between this event and the L'Aquila 2009 quake that struck central Italy. In both cases an event with magnitude slightly above 6 occurred on a blind fault underlying an area inhabited by a population of the order of hundreds of thousands, killing a few hundred people and severely damaging the city center, and in both cases a site amplification study was available before the event. At the same time there were...

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